Senate approves Embu governor impeachment
05 February 2014, 09:15
Nairobi - The Senate has approved a motion to probe the impeachment of the Embu Governor and his deputy despite a High Court injunction barring the house from proceeding with the issue.
The motion by Kithure Kindiki paved way for the formation of an eleven member committee to probe the impeachment of Governor, Martin Wambora, and his deputy, Dorothy Nditi.
“The choice of the membership of the committee is extremely rich and I request that we restrain ourselves on the issues,” said Hon Kindiki.
The eleven member committee, which has been formed under the County Government Act, will investigate the alleged corruption and report the senate within ten days on whether it finds the particulars of the allegations against the governor to have been substantial.
The Senate might however run into some difficulties since the governor has obtained a court injunction and might use it to skip appearing before the committee.
Another issue regards the impeachment of the deputy governor which the constitution is silent.
After ten days, the committee report would be tabled before the senate who will then debate it and make decision based on it.
“It will be upon the house to vote on those resolutions and agree on the way forward,” said Kericho Senator, Charles Keter.
Senators called on the house and the committee to shun partisan interests in deliberating upon the impeachment of the governor and his deputy.
Nominated senator Beatrice Elachi said that the committee and the house should “rise above politics, politicizing the process and follow the law.”
– CAJ News